2012 Emmy Nominations Full List

'Breaking Bad,' 'Games of Thrones' and 'Mad Men' rack up nods as HBO's 'Girls' surprises with acting and Comedy Series nods.

The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday (July 19), and favorites "Mad Men" and "Downton Abbey" are leading the drama nominees with 17 and 16 nominations each, respectively, while "Modern Family" dominated the comedy categories with 14 noms, including supporting actor and actress nods for each of its principal, six-person acting ensemble.

Among the surprises was the amount of love lavished on HBO's "Girls." The show ousted expected nominee "Parks and Recreation" to score an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination and also earned series creator/writer/star Lena Dunham nods for Best Actress — Comedy and Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series. Many considered an acting nomination for Dunham a long shot, but we predicted Emmy voters would reward her for being the show's driving creative force.

The nods for "Girls" and another HBO newcomer, "Veep," also kept "Glee" out of the race after two consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series nods. The Fox show, which has landed stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Chis Colfer nominations, and Jane Lynch a supporting actress win in 2010, also scored no major acting nominations.

"Breaking Bad," which was ineligible for last year's awards and returned to AMC with record ratings this month, scored multiple major nods, including Outstanding Drama Series, Best Actor for three-time winner Bryan Cranston; Supporting Actor for both past-winner Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito; and Supporting Actress for Ana Gunn.

Check out the nominees:

Outstanding Drama

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"


"Mad Men"

Outstanding Actress In A Drama

"Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

"Glenn Close, "Damages"

"Claire Danes, "Homeland"

"Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

"Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

"Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"

Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey"

Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"

Jared Harris, "Mad Men"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Outstanding Comedy Series

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"


"Modern Family"

"30 Rock"


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis CK, "Louie"

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"

Max Greenfield, "New Girl"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

Outstanding Reality Show Competition

"The Amazing Race"

"Dancing With the Stars"

"Project Runway"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

"Top Chef"

"The Voice"

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie

"American Horror Story"

"Game Change"

"Hatfields & McCoys"

"Hemingway and Gellhorn"


"Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

Woody Harrelson, " Game Change"

Clive Owen, "Hemingway and Gellhorn"

Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Connie Britton, "American Horror Story"

Ashley Judd, "Missing"

Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway and Gellhorn"

Julianne Moore, "Game Change"

Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Denis O'Hare, "American Horror Story"

Ed Harris, "Game Change"

Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys"

David Strathairn, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story"

Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"

Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"

Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Judy Davis, "Page Eight"

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